for show

idiom

Definition of for show

1 : intended to be seen but not used or bought
  • We're not supposed to eat the fruit on the table. It's just for show.
2 disapproving : done in order to gain the approval or favor of others
  • He says he enjoys classical music, but it's only for show.

Word by Word Definitions

show play
  1. : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit

  2. : to offer for sale

  3. : to present as a public spectacle : perform

  1. : a demonstrative display

  2. : outward appearance

  3. : a false semblance : pretense


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